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Chinese and Japanese Perceptions of the Jews

Gao Bei

in Shanghai Sanctuary

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199840908
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199840908.003.0002
Chinese and Japanese Perceptions of the Jews

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Chapter One illuminates how many Chinese nationalists and intellectuals in the early 20th century embraced the Zionist movement to inspire their fellow countrymen. In the late 1930s, when China faced the challenge of the Japanese invasion, a number of leading intellectuals used the example of the Jews, a people without a homeland, to caution other Chinese about the danger of losing their own country and to call for Chinese resistance against Japan. Meanwhile, Japan's Siberian Expedition exposed Japanese military officers to the “Jewish problem” for the first time. Army Colonel Yasue Norihiro and Navy Captain Inuzuka Koreshige developed a powerful interest in Jewish affairs. These “Jewish problem experts” conducted comprehensive research on Jewish-related matters. In the late 1930s, this research contributed to the formation of a unique anti-Semitism, which led them to urge their government to exploit alleged Jewish political and financial power to help achieve Japan's goals in East Asia.

Keywords: Chinese nationalists; Zionist Movement; Yasue Norihiro; Inuzuka Koreshige; Siberian Expedition; Jewish problem; anti-Semitism

Chapter.  8563 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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